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July 1, 2009 // 8:59 pm - Recently it was reported that Sony patented software-based PS2 emulation technology. This got users excited who own 80GB, 40GB and 160GB PS3 consoles without backwards compatability.

Although the article speculated that the upcoming PS3 slim may utilize this technology, today a German Web site has supposedly gained comment from a Sony employee, to quote:

This brings us to the German Web site Demo News, which claims to have gained comment from a Sony employee stating that full backwards compatibility is coming to US PS3's as a firmware update in the "next few weeks."

If this rumor is true, it will make many newer PS3 console owners very happy indeed!

Rumor: Full PS3 Backwards Compatibility Only Weeks Away?

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#25 - MikeMolotov - July 3, 2009 // 3:11 pm
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this would be awesome! now i don't have to buy back the ps2 i sold to my friend a couple weeks back.

i miss playing MGS2 & 3

#24 - Daralion - July 3, 2009 // 12:27 pm
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Man that would be great. Of course I do still have my old PS2 hooked up, but I would love to pack it away and give it to my daughter later as a starter system for her.

#23 - Tcraw - July 3, 2009 // 2:55 am
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I echo what everyone else has said, I hope this really does come out soon. I have not been able to play ps1 and 2 games for some time, since 80GB model doesn't have support for them

#22 - dagnillo - July 3, 2009 // 12:04 am
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Quote Originally Posted by ernvil View Post
I hope this is true!
Since I've got an 80gb PS3, hopefully I can finally play all those PS2 games that I've missed out on.
Considering that I didn't get to own a PS2 xD

Ditto here, I'm in the same boat. Never owned a PS2, but now that I have a PS3 there's some games I'd love to try, like Shadow of the Colossus and MGS 2 and 3. I truly hope this happens soon, and that it works well.

IMO all consoles should have full backwards compatibility, it just adds so much more. I mean who wants to have 5 consoles connected to their TV when they can have one that plays all generations. Some day we will have another non-optical media, though, and today's standard discs won't be able to load, so I'd imagine it will eventually go completely digital (download) only.

#21 - vinizuh - July 2, 2009 // 10:36 pm
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great news! i have EE 60gb model but i hope it works out for the newer models. i love playing classics and I'm sure everyone would love the chance to play too.

#20 - zeromx - July 2, 2009 // 9:32 pm
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I've been waiting to play MGS Snake Eater for a while now. Great news by the way!

#19 - canabal - July 2, 2009 // 7:15 pm
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I hope this works just so I can play FF XII. My ps2 was busted by the time it came out, and I only recently got a ps3 so no BC for me.

#18 - saioke - July 2, 2009 // 5:31 pm
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I really hope this is a possibility. i mean, my ps3 can already play a lot of ps1 games, but i hope that they include ps2 games in the update. i really wouldn't mind playing them on my regular ps2, but it broke down not too long ago and i thought about selling my ps2 games, i had over 30 of them. hopefully this rumor becomes a fact.

#17 - maxpwer222 - July 2, 2009 // 5:28 pm
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I thought the software emulated PS3's already do it without the Emotion Engine? The thing that the non-BC PS3's are missing is the graphics synthesizer.

I guess that is why I am kinda confused since the EE is not even necessary atm.

#16 - pdro - July 2, 2009 // 4:58 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by semitope View Post
It better be to load ps2 discs, and it better be hackable to load burnt ps2 discs... or else!

my ps3 load ps2 games and is no hack and can extra info for the disc..